Acer Extensa 15.6" Full HD Laptop (Intel Core i3-8145U, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD) £369.97 Delivered at Box
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Acer Extensa 15.6" Full HD Laptop (Intel Core i3-8145U, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD) £369.97 Delivered at Box

£369.97£42914%Box.co.uk Deals
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Expires on 31/10/2019Posted 2nd Oct
Nice price for the i3 version of this laptop, and sports a 256GB NVMe SSD.


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A perfect daily driver incorporating a new thin and light design with a great range of connections. Powered by the latest Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB RAM and superfast 256GB NVMe SSD.


KEY FEATURES

  • Intel Core i3-8145U Dual-Core Processor
  • 15.6" Full HD Anti-Glare Screen
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Integrated Intel UHD 620 Graphics
  • USB3 | HDMI | Bluetooth
  • Microsoft Precision Touchpad
  • NX.EFREK.014
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So weird to see so many upvotes and no comments.

I can't find this model on the Acer website. Does anyone know if the memory and hard drive are upgradeable?
What kind of displaay panel, TN or IPS?
Looks like an excellent deal, but a bit scant on detail and reviews of the actual laptop...
garlik_bread03/10/2019 10:15

Looks like an excellent deal, but a bit scant on detail and reviews of the …Looks like an excellent deal, but a bit scant on detail and reviews of the actual laptop...



I literally can't find any other details about it on acer site or google, just people on other forums and ebay linking to the box.co.uk deal, really too few details to say if it's good.
Darkle03/10/2019 10:35

I literally can't find any other details about it on acer site or google, …I literally can't find any other details about it on acer site or google, just people on other forums and ebay linking to the box.co.uk deal, really too few details to say if it's good.



Amazon have other Acer Extensa models, with 6th gen CPUs. They are reviewed fairly well. This ticks a few boxes though so am taking a punt!
garlik_bread03/10/2019 10:36

Amazon have other Acer Extensa models, with 6th gen CPUs. They are …Amazon have other Acer Extensa models, with 6th gen CPUs. They are reviewed fairly well. This ticks a few boxes though so am taking a punt!


Let us know how it goes matey, it does look good for the price. In particular i'd love to know what you think of the screen and the weight (I don't think they mentioned the weight)
Edited by: "Darkle" 3rd Oct
Darkle03/10/2019 10:45

Let us know how it goes matey, it does look good for the price. In …Let us know how it goes matey, it does look good for the price. In particular i'd love to know what you think of the screen and the weight (I don't think they mentioned the weight)



Afraid it's been bought for a family member Christmas present, so I wont get to actually see it
Looks a bit like a nothing model? Also dual core today? That's going to be pretty underpowered surely?
Not enough info about this which comes under "business machine".
Seems to be a lot of Acers on this board lately.
Googling Acer they say:

Acer laptops averaged a score of 3.4 stars, the lowest of any brand we tested. Despite Acer's lackluster grades, there are a few standout laptops in its ranks. The Aspire E 15 remains a top pick on our Best Laptops under $500 rankings, thanks to its long battery life and decent performance.5 Jun 2019
Darkle03/10/2019 10:45

Let us know how it goes matey, it does look good for the price. In …Let us know how it goes matey, it does look good for the price. In particular i'd love to know what you think of the screen and the weight (I don't think they mentioned the weight)


No info on Box website about the screen (other than its resolution) but weight is 1.9kg.
I had a laptop like this. The hinges broke which snapped off the plastic round the screen. I couldn't close it either because of the plastic. Acer refused to fix, the place i bought it from refused to fix. I wouldnt recommend.
hot hot hot. Best tip to any laptop buyers... Dont buy a laptop with an old style hard disk...
Seems this is a more than capable CPU on a "disposable" build laptop.

cpu.userbenchmark.com/Com…553
Compares about 10ish% behind an Intel Core i7-8665U that the top flight (non-extreme) ThinkPads come with.
Just goes to show CPU isn't the main culprit for pricey laptops. Probably sub-par NVMe SSD, but it will still be quicker than most if not all SATA SSDs.


cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i3-8145U-vs-Intel-Core-i7-8665U/m616038vsm740553
The i3 has about half the computing power of the i7, more than enough for web browsing, creating docs xls or ppts (you know, the dreary office stuff), emails, wasting your life on social media, watching/listening to AV content. Should be quite snappy as well considering the 8gb of RAM and NVMe SSD.

BT 5 & Mu-MIMO Wifi, 8 GB RAM - good specs for the money.
<2kg, 8hrs battery - passable, but still ok considering the price.

To be seen at a Costa CommuterComputerCoffeehouse near you.
Edited by: "TopTrump" 4th Oct
l33t-krew03/10/2019 12:35

Looks a bit like a nothing model? Also dual core today? That's going to be …Looks a bit like a nothing model? Also dual core today? That's going to be pretty underpowered surely?


Two cores, four threads so going to be perfectly fine for most people.
gazter03/10/2019 20:54

hot hot hot. Best tip to any laptop buyers... Dont buy a laptop with an …hot hot hot. Best tip to any laptop buyers... Dont buy a laptop with an old style hard disk...



Do buy a laptop with and old style hard disk and replace it with an SSD.
l33t-krew03/10/2019 12:35

Looks a bit like a nothing model? Also dual core today? That's going to be …Looks a bit like a nothing model? Also dual core today? That's going to be pretty underpowered surely?



Nobody's looking to decode the human genome with this laptop, it's for browsing the web, playing videos, doing word processing, excel sheets, maybe a bit of photoshop or light gaming, the same thing we were doing on core2duos 12 years ago and they were substantially less powerful.

This processor and 620 UHD graphics can play some games at a passable rate as well.

Up until 2017 when AMD finally pushed Intel, 4 cores was considered the norm, it'll be a while before web apps and such require more.
TopTrump03/10/2019 21:00

Seems this is a more than capable CPU on a "disposable" build …Seems this is a more than capable CPU on a "disposable" build laptop.https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-8265U-vs-Intel-Core-i7-8665U/m566107vsm740553Compares about 10ish% behind an Intel Core i7-8665U that the top flight (non-extreme) ThinkPads come with.Just goes to show CPU isn't the main culprit for pricey laptops. Probably sub-par NVMe SSD, but it will still be quicker than most if not all SATA SSDs.BT 5 & Mu-MIMO Wifi, 8 GB RAM - good specs for the money.<2kg, 8hrs battery - passable, but still ok considering the price.To be seen at a Costa CommuterComputerCoffeehouse near you.


This laptop has an i3 cpu. The link you posted compares an i5 with i7?
pibpob03/10/2019 21:24

Do buy a laptop with and old style hard disk and replace it with an SSD.


Yes.., also. But if you are reliant on hotukdeals for spec advice on a laptop changing a drive and cloning/ reinstalling software is probably above your skill set. This is a superb spec machine
gazter04/10/2019 08:05

Yes.., also. But if you are reliant on hotukdeals for spec advice on a …Yes.., also. But if you are reliant on hotukdeals for spec advice on a laptop changing a drive and cloning/ reinstalling software is probably above your skill set. This is a superb spec machine


Also, although I am pretty technically capable, doing this really screwed me last time I tried. I swapped out the hard disk in a Lenovo laptop for an SSD. It was a nightmare as the OS is not a normal one you can download. It's some weird special version. There is no recovery media - recovery is stored on a separate partition on the old HDD and there is no product key. It is all tied to that partition on the old HDD. So to replace the SSD you need either to buy a drive-cloner (not even sure if this would work), or a new Windows licence.

I didn't figure this out until I sold the old HDD and it was too late. Sent to Lenovo to try and repair but because I had swapped out the HSS for a SSD, the warranty was void. They had my laptop for about 2 months and even they couldn't work out how to get the Windows install back on there.

Modern laptops are not built in a way that makes this process easy like it used to be, and for some it is impossible. Don't assume you can upgrade just because you can get to the old HDD.
Edited by: "mike_freegan" 4th Oct
mike_freegan04/10/2019 09:39

Also, although I am pretty technically capable, doing this really screwed …Also, although I am pretty technically capable, doing this really screwed me last time I tried. I swapped out the hard disk in a Lenovo laptop for an SSD. It was a nightmare as the OS is not a normal one you can download. It's some weird special version. There is no recovery media - recovery is stored on a separate partition on the old HDD and there is no product key. It is all tied to that partition on the old HDD. So to replace the SSD you need either to buy a drive-cloner (not even sure if this would work), or a new Windows licence.I didn't figure this out until I sold the old HDD and it was too late. Sent to Lenovo to try and repair but because I had swapped out the HSS for a SSD, the warranty was void. They had my laptop for about 2 months and even they couldn't work out how to get the Windows install back on there.Modern laptops are not built in a way that makes this process easy like it used to be, and for some it is impossible. Don't assume you can upgrade just because you can get to the old HDD.


google.com/amp…mp/

Why don't you make a Windows 10 recovery boot disk?
Your windows key should be printed on the sticker on the underside of the machine.

OR use Macrium to make a clone of your current drive(s) with all your partitions, on to an external USB disk, which you can use as a safe snapshot copy of your system & files, to use to clone across to a brand new SSD or HDD using Macrium's boot up OS which you create on a seperate USB stick.
Macrium's bootup OS will allow you to be able to initiate cloning from or to another disk with Windows dormant, so the next time you boot up, Windows just picks up where it was prior to the disk swap. Painless providing you have access to two USB 3.0 ports, a USB stick, and an external USB hard disk.
Factor in roughly one hour to clone 150GB of data if using USB 3.0.

Once cloned across to new disk, take the snapshot stored on the USB external drive and store it somewhere safe. Your get out of jail card should you need it.


(I found it really useful to install Windows from fresh, create a few partitions, one for the OS, one for Windows' Temp files which you don't have to bother cloning, one for your personal files (documents, downloads, photos), one for all your device drivers and software archive, and finally one for all your Audio and video.

Then, all you do is to take a snapshot of your OS partition after you've installed everything you need, tweaked everything the way you like it, and keep it on your safely stored USB external drive image, should anything go wrong, saves you having to reinstall ALL the software and mucking about with settings.
Meanwhile, you keep regular backups of all the other partitions personal file, device drivers and media on another disk.


Takes time to set it up initially but will save you hours of effort in the long run, plus you become much more aware and in control of where things are stored.

I've just gone through the 'will it work' angst of transferring current NVMe drive on to a better/larger Samsung 970 Pro drive.
Macrium's software made it a walk in the park.
Once you do all the cloning etc etc, run a scan disk on the OS partition (typically your C: drive) found for some strange reason it prompted a "system needs to be rebooted to run Scandisk in safe mode".
If you don't have a recovery OS partition, you are stuffed.

Took me two hours in total. One hour to clone current OS & files on to External HDD, 5 mins to swap over hardware, one hour to clone on to new SSD, and a few minutes resizing partitions. Good software, especially considering it's freeware.
Used to use Partition Magic back when XP ruled the roost. Macrium does the exact same thing gratis. And to think I paid £50 quid for the software back then! Damn you PC World! The amount of money I have wasted at your stores before I got savvy to online shopping.
Total spent at PC World in the last ten years, less than £100.
Before then it was 50 to 100 quid every couple of weeks. New DVD drive, new printer, new external HDD, new inkjet refills, new this, new that. Well and truly fleeced when online was available at 50% or more less, but it was the delivery times that persuaded you to go to PC Turd. No more.
Largely thanks to sites like HUKD changing my mindset.

Low price doesn't have to mean an inferior product.
So three cheers to all the OPs.
Edited by: "TopTrump" 4th Oct
TopTrump04/10/2019 09:50

Why don't you make a Windows 10 recovery boot disk?Your windows key should …Why don't you make a Windows 10 recovery boot disk?Your windows key should be printed on the sticker on the underside of the machine, or use Macrium.https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.howtogeek.com/192772/what-is-the-system-reserved-partition-and-can-you-delete-it/amp/


agreed, most people don't know about this feature. It's a lifesaver even when buying second hand
mike_freegan04/10/2019 09:39

Also, although I am pretty technically capable, doing this really screwed …Also, although I am pretty technically capable, doing this really screwed me last time I tried. I swapped out the hard disk in a Lenovo laptop for an SSD. It was a nightmare as the OS is not a normal one you can download. It's some weird special version. There is no recovery media - recovery is stored on a separate partition on the old HDD and there is no product key. It is all tied to that partition on the old HDD. So to replace the SSD you need either to buy a drive-cloner (not even sure if this would work), or a new Windows licence.I didn't figure this out until I sold the old HDD and it was too late. Sent to Lenovo to try and repair but because I had swapped out the HSS for a SSD, the warranty was void. They had my laptop for about 2 months and even they couldn't work out how to get the Windows install back on there.Modern laptops are not built in a way that makes this process easy like it used to be, and for some it is impossible. Don't assume you can upgrade just because you can get to the old HDD.


you just change the settings in BIOS and install a new OS
WillowH03/10/2019 19:43

I had a laptop like this. The hinges broke which snapped off the plastic …I had a laptop like this. The hinges broke which snapped off the plastic round the screen. I couldn't close it either because of the plastic. Acer refused to fix, the place i bought it from refused to fix. I wouldnt recommend.


Do you still have it? I will buy it
This laptop is fine for most people.
TopTrump04/10/2019 09:50

Your windows key should be printed on the sticker on the underside of the …Your windows key should be printed on the sticker on the underside of the machine.



It isn't on a lot of new machines. As per my comment, it seems to rely on something special on the original HDD. I used to repair laptops for a living so I know what I'm doing tbh.

I reckon a HDD cloner or taking an image as you describe might work, but I don't have 100% confidence. And in that instance, I had already formatted and repurposed the old HDD so it wasn't an option. To be honest, for the cost of backup tools / hardware and the risk associated with it going wrong and having potentially voided your warranty, it's probably just worth dropping an extra couple of quid on a laptop with an SSD built in.

It is sad, but I think the days of being able to repair and upgrade your own tech are fading...
LauraBargain201704/10/2019 12:28

you just change the settings in BIOS and install a new OS


I don't think you understand my issue here. I got a new OS on, but found that there is no product key on the bottom of the machine / box / anywhere. The Windows licence is tied to the old HDD.
I had similar. Bought a refurb office laptop with OEM win 7 Pro and couldnt swap it to SSD. Tried macrium (which I had used successfully before) and it wouldn't boot.

Fortunately I had kept an old Win 7 home product key so did a new install using that.
mike_freegan04/10/2019 13:14

It isn't on a lot of new machines. As per my comment, it seems to rely on …It isn't on a lot of new machines. As per my comment, it seems to rely on something special on the original HDD. I used to repair laptops for a living so I know what I'm doing tbh.I reckon a HDD cloner or taking an image as you describe might work, but I don't have 100% confidence. And in that instance, I had already formatted and repurposed the old HDD so it wasn't an option. To be honest, for the cost of backup tools / hardware and the risk associated with it going wrong and having potentially voided your warranty, it's probably just worth dropping an extra couple of quid on a laptop with an SSD built in.It is sad, but I think the days of being able to repair and upgrade your own tech are fading...


Not so my friend. Not so.
At least with things like a ThinkPad, the opportunities of obtaining replacement parts or even upgrades are very good. A very worthwhile investment if you seek my very humble opinion.


I didn't say you didn't know what you were doing, just opening up a dialogue.
Give Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition a try, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised, I was (just make sure you scandisk C: after you've transferred the image across to your new drive). It's cost? Free.
As long as you're familiar with the tech & terminology (which appears so in your case) you and Macrium will get on famously.
Go on, give her a chance!

The only piece of hardware you'll need is an external disk to use as the interim storage for the disk cloning process. Buy a 1TB or 2TB - more than enough to mirror the SSD you'll be upgrading to.
Grab an 8GB USB memory stick for the Macrium Boot OS to run from, and that's your lot.
Cost of a clone dock - is around £25.
Cost of a 1TB drive USB 3.0 when well-priced ~ £40
8GB or 16Gb sticks less than a fiver (doesn't have to USB 3), leave that for the heavy lifting the clone storage drive will be doing.

New laptops, sometimes come with an image of the Windows Recovery as a seperate partition.
Read https://www.hotukdeals.com/visit/comment/38603116/16217757
Because DVD drives are fading into the past, they've incorporated it on the HDD or SSD the machine comes with. In the past they'd supply a disk.
Providing you've got a USB DVD drive or memorystick available, download a copy of the software on to your USB bootup recovery disk and you're good to go.

Itzoo sometimes has good deals on ThinkPad refurbs (also Dells, HP's and sometimes Samsungs).

Computing life lesson number 1. NEVER reformat a disk you've just copied from until you are sure the migration went well.
Try booting up in recovery mode.
Edited by: "TopTrump" 4th Oct
mike_freegan04/10/2019 13:16

I don't think you understand my issue here. I got a new OS on, but found …I don't think you understand my issue here. I got a new OS on, but found that there is no product key on the bottom of the machine / box / anywhere. The Windows licence is tied to the old HDD.


Then buy a new license key for £1.30 on Ebay
LauraBargain201704/10/2019 16:53

Then buy a new license key for £1.30 on Ebay


This was the days before those started appearing. I use one of those now on mydesktop and it's worked for years, but I've heard others have been less successful.
mike_freegan04/10/2019 13:16

I don't think you understand my issue here. I got a new OS on, but found …I don't think you understand my issue here. I got a new OS on, but found that there is no product key on the bottom of the machine / box / anywhere. The Windows licence is tied to the old HDD.


As long as the windows 10 has switched on and connected to the internet before you switch you don’t need any key, in fact I’m pretty sure that a Windows 10 downloaded boot disk will automatically read the key imbedded in the bios. New machines rarely have stickers with keys now
mike_freegan04/10/2019 13:16

I don't think you understand my issue here. I got a new OS on, but found …I don't think you understand my issue here. I got a new OS on, but found that there is no product key on the bottom of the machine / box / anywhere. The Windows licence is tied to the old HDD.


The license is tied to the device, not he drive
Just bought this and got it home, initial thoughts are that the fans are loud and build quality is just okay, other than that checked the RAM speed it's 2400Mhz. Absolute bargain!
Anthony_7705/10/2019 13:40

Just bought this and got it home, initial thoughts are that the fans are …Just bought this and got it home, initial thoughts are that the fans are loud and build quality is just okay, other than that checked the RAM speed it's 2400Mhz. Absolute bargain!


Where did you buy it, the box shop in Birmingham?
alared05/10/2019 15:54

Where did you buy it, the box shop in Birmingham?


Bought it online with the free delivery yesterday, it was expected on Monday but arrived today
Anthony_7705/10/2019 13:40

Just bought this and got it home, initial thoughts are that the fans are …Just bought this and got it home, initial thoughts are that the fans are loud and build quality is just okay, other than that checked the RAM speed it's 2400Mhz. Absolute bargain!


Do the fans just come on under heavy load, hopefully they are not on when playing youtube videos?
Andrew196407/10/2019 00:49

Do the fans just come on under heavy load, hopefully they are not on when …Do the fans just come on under heavy load, hopefully they are not on when playing youtube videos?


Yep they only seem to ramp under load, they remain unnoticeable the rest of the time
Anthony_7705/10/2019 18:21

Bought it online with the free delivery yesterday, it was expected on …Bought it online with the free delivery yesterday, it was expected on Monday but arrived today


Any good?
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